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WinFuture has published a photo of what could be the upcoming Sonos Move speaker. — Image courtesy of WinFuture via AFP
SANTA BARBARA, Aug 20 — Hot off the heels of the tech specs communicated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), German site WinFuture has unveiled more information about Sonos' very first Bluetooth portable speaker.The upcoming speaker, which might be named Move (code name for now: “S17”) will be equipped with a double Bluetooth connection (for all users) and Wi-Fi (AirPlay 2 for Apple iPhone and iPod users).It will thus be the first time that the American manufacturer offers Bluetooth on a portable speaker. Users will be able to select the type of connection using two buttons located on the back of the device. Just as with the Sonos One, this new speaker is expected to be equipped with Alexa and Google Assistant, at least in Wi-Fi mode.Design-wise, the speaker should look very similar to the One, according to images published by WinFuture, albeit in a slightly larger form and complete with a handle for enhanced portability.Following these leaks, Sonos should be wasting no time in making an official announcement regarding the highly anticipated speaker expected to launch during the IFA show to be held in Berlin from September 6 to 11, 2019. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
Taylor Swift x Stella McCartney Collection. — Courtesy of www.store.taylorswift.com via AFP
LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 — Superstar Taylor Swift has given fans a first glimpse of her upcoming collaborative collection with fashion icon Stella McCartney, ahead of its highly-anticipated debut later this week.Swift first announced the collaboration in an Instagram Live stream on June 1 — where she also revealed the album artwork for "Lover — but the singer today posted the entire look book for the line on her website, pre-launch.In line with McCartney's commitment to sustainability, the range has been crafted from eco-friendly materials and features a selection of rainbow and tie-dye band T-shirts, sweaters, hats and bags embellished with lyrics from Swift's upcoming album and images of her cat, Benjamin Button.Also posting a picture of herself with McCartney via Instagram, Taylor revealed that she will be sharing more information on the collaboration and a pop-up shop during a YouTube Live event tomorrow.The "Stella x Taylor Swift" line will launch in conjunction with Swift's album on August 23 and will be available at The Lover Experience Taylor Swift Pop Up Shop in New York City from August 23 to 25, with the bomber jacket and bag — which retail for US$1,995 (RM8,320) and US$795, respectively — to also be available for a limited time at McCartney's standalone stores. Prices for the other items in the collaboration have not yet been revealed (via WWD).https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/taylor-swift-stella-mccartney-team-clothing-line-collaboration-1203174519/Browse looks from the "Stella x Taylor Swift" here.https://store.taylorswift.com/pages/taylor-Stella-lookbook?utm_campaign=products&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=taylorswift.com — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Young Master Brewery founder Rohit Dugar used to be an investment banker with a dream. A passionate lover of craft beer, he used to hang out six years ago at what used to be the only craft beer bar in town – Taps Beer Bar Kuala Lumpur – every time he was in town.
“He used to tell me, ‘Alvin, one day I will open my own brewery’,” recalls Alvin Lim, co-founder of Taps and craft beer distributors MyBeer Malaysia. “Talking to him, you could tell he knew a lot about beer, so when he told me he would open a brewery one day, somehow, I believed him.”
Six years ago, Rohit finally took that leap of faith and founded Young Master Brewery, Hong Kong’s first ever craft beer brewery.
“When Rohit moved to Hong Kong in 2011, he realised that there was no local craft beers in Hong Kong. So he quit his job and opened Hong Kong’s first craft brewery in 2013,” recalled Young Master’s director of business development and operations, Kingson Kok.
Last week, Rohit’s Malaysian connection finally came full circle, as Taps became the first bar in Malaysia to import and tap Young Master’s beers. The beers are also available on tap at Pahit gin bar.
The brewery’s name, ‘Young Master’ – ‘siu yeh’ (少爺) in Cantonese – was inspired by an old 1963 Hong Kong film called Gong Chong Siu Yeh, or Young Master Of the Factory.
“That movie was about a Young Master who used to wear the sort of pants that you see on our logo. He was a very playful guy, but had to take over his father’s factory, and so he had a serious side as well.
“That sort of resonated with us, because we are very playful, fun guys, who were serious about making good beers!” Kok explained.
“Back in those days, Hong Kong also used to manufacture a lot of things, especially textiles. So this was also us, making something in Hong Kong once again.”
Young Master is credited with kickstarting the growing craft beer movement in Hong Kong.
Today, Young Master Brewery is credited with kickstarting the current craft beer movement in Hong Kong. While Kok says that there were other craft brewers in Hong Kong before them, they never quite managed to gain a foothold amongst the Hong Kong beer drinkers, who were more used to cheap commercial lagers. So how did Young Master finally do it?
“In our first or second year, we took a bold move of opening a small bar in a very, very local neighbourhood (Mong Kok) where we were surrounded by local bars selling cheap beers,” Kok explained, adding that it was mostly foreign expatriates and youngsters who came by at first.
Then, they had a breakthrough via one of their most unconventional beers. The brewery decided that they wanted to bring in beer styles that no one had done or even tried before, and that included sour beers.
“In Hong Kong, there’s a popular drink called the ‘Ham Ling Chat’, which is basically 7-Up with preserved salted limes. We took that idea and made a sour beer out of it, and called it a ‘Ham Ling Beer’,” Kok recalls. “It was a big hit, because it was a good stepping stone for people to try a new style of beer that is still approachable to them.”
Today, that beer, which is officially called the Cha Chaan Teng Gose (named after the common Hong Kong coffee shops), is one of the brewery’s best selling beers in its core range.
The brewery also releases seasonal and limited edition beers such as a foeder aged mixed culture forest berry sour ale, barrel-aged beers and collaborations with other breweries both in Hong Kong and overseas.
Young Master has a core range of six beers, all of which are available at Taps Beer bar and other craft beer outlets in KL.
Here’s a rundown of the beers that are currently available in Malaysia:
Classic Pale Ale (5% ABV)
The name itself says it all – this is simply a classic beer, and not just because it was one of Young Master’s first ever beers. A versatile, refreshing pale ale with the perfect balance of hops and malts, this beer was recently awarded the Best Of Asia Gold Medal for the third year running at the recent Asia Beer Awards in Singapore.
Cha Chaan Teng Gose (4% ABV)
A classic sour and salty Gose brewed with salted lime commonly found in local coffee shops (called cha chaan teng) in Hong Kong. If you’ve never had a sour beer before, this would be a good introduction the to beer style. Refreshing and crisp on the palate, the sour and salty flavours of the beer will tickle your tastebuds and make you just want to gulp it down and get another one. Speaking of which….
Another One (3.3% ABV)
Who says low ABV beers can’t be good? This juicy and refreshing session ale may be low in alcohol, but it is high in flavour, enough that you will want to have Another One.
Contemporary Pilsner (4.5% ABV)
A pilsner made in a classic Czech style, this is a clean, crisp pilsner that doesn’t pretend to be anything else (though it still has a lot more flavour and body compared to many commercial lagers).
“This beer was made because some of our clients requested it, because sometimes their guests just wanted to drink a lager,” said Kok.
Island 1842 Imperial IPA (8% ABV)
Trust Young Master to go big for their first IPA. Named after the year Hong Kong was colonised by the British, Island 1842 a powerful IPA with big hoppy, fruity, citrusy notes and a robust malty body that linger long on your palate. Later, the brewers realised that the high alcohol level could be a little intimidating for casual drinkers who just wanted a hop hit, so, they came up with…
Jeng IPA (6.0% ABV)
In Cantonese, ‘Jeng’ means ‘great’. It may be a ‘toned down’ version of the Island 1842, as Kok explains, but it is still a pretty good IPA – easier to drink than its ‘big brother’, but still full of hoppy, juicy, citrusy goodness. Like the official website describes it, this beer is “Jeng, very Jeng, super Jeng.”
Rye On Wood (6% ABV)
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The Spencer Glacier collapses, forming a big wave moments before it crashes into a kayaker, in Alaska, US on Aug 10, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. — Reuters photo
REYKJAVIK: Iceland yesterday honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
A bronze plaque will be unveiled in a ceremony starting around 1400 GMT to mark Okjokull — which translates to “Ok glacier” – in the west of Iceland, in the presence of local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who initiated the project.
Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson are also due to attend the event.
“This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world,” Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology at Rice University, said in July.
This combination created shows the Okjökull glacier atop the Ok Volcano in Iceland (top). A Nasa handout image shows the top of the Ok Volcano where the Okjokull glacier has melted away throughout the 20th century and declared dead in 2014. — AFP photo
The plaque bears the inscription “A letter to the future,” and is intended to raise awareness about the decline of glaciers and the effects of climate change.
“In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it,” the plaque reads.
It is also labelled “415 ppm CO2,” referring to the record level of carbon dioxide measured in the atmosphere last May.
“Memorials everywhere stand for either human accomplishments, like the deeds of historic figures, or the losses and deaths we recognise as important,” researcher Howe said.
“By memorialising a fallen glacier, we want to emphasise what is being lost – or dying – the world over, and also draw attention to the fact that this is something that humans have ‘accomplished’, although it is not something we should be proud of.” Howe noted that the conversation about climate change can be abstract, with many dire statistics and sophisticated scientific models that can feel incomprehensible.
“Perhaps a monument to a lost glacier is a better way to fully grasp what we now face,” she said, highlighting “the power of symbols and ceremony to provoke feelings”.
Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year, and scientists fear all of the island country’s 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200, according to Howe and her Rice University colleague Dominic Boyer.
Glaciologists stripped Okjokull of its glacier status in 2014, a first for Iceland.
In 1890, the glacier ice covered 16 square kilometres but by 2012, it measured just 0.7 square kilometres, according to a report from the University of Iceland from 2017.
In 2014, “we made the decision that this was no longer a living glacier, it was only dead ice, it was not moving,” Oddur Sigurdsson, a glaciologist with the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told AFP.
To have the status of a glacier, the mass of ice and snow must be thick enough to move by its own weight. For that to happen the mass must be approximately 40 to 50 metres thick, he said. — AFP
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Zuraida said that local council elections would be carried out in stages once Penang gets the Cabinet’s approval. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 — Penang will be the first state to conduct local council elections after they are approved by the federal government for implementation, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has said.According to the Sunday Star, she said Penang’s interest in carrying out local council elections was evident even when Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in Opposition.“Penang brought the case to the Federal Court in 2014 but lost. They tried when they were the Opposition.“But now, we are the government and we want to implement it. So Penang will be number state on the list,” she told reporters after launching a public forum in Komtar, Penang, yesterday.Zuraida, who is also housing and local government minister, added that local council elections would be carried out in stages once Penang gets the Cabinet’s approval.“Penang is mature and ready for it. We will need three years to come up with a model and proposal for Cabinet approval,” she said.Apart from organising workshops for all stakeholders, she said the second stage will see local councils go to the ground to engage and educate the community on the purpose of local council elections.“My ministry will propose amendments to the relevant Acts which we hope can be completed and presented to the Cabinet by year-end,” she added. [...]
Samsung introduces the world’s first mobile image sensor that breaks the 100 million pixels barrier. ― — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 ― Three months after introducing its 64MP ISOCELL image sensor, Samsung has just announced the world’s first mobile image sensor that breaks the 100 million pixels barrier. The new 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor promises to enable extremely sharp photographs and exceptional photos in extreme lighting conditions.Apart from having a higher pixel count, the new sensor adopts a large 1/1.33” sensor which helps to capture greater detail. As a comparison, the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL unit has a sensor size of 1/1.7” and Sony’s 48MP IMX586 sensor has a size of 1/2.0”.With its Tetracell technology, the sensor can merge four nearby 0.8-micron pixels to create a bigger 1.6-micron pixel size that allows better image capture in challenging situations. As a result, the sensor can produce brighter 27MP images in low light situations. Samsung also added the sensor delivers unparalleled colour reproduction and stunning detail with advanced Tetracell and ISOCELL Plus technology.For videos, the new HMX sensor is claimed to support 6K (6016 x 3384 pixels) resolution at 30 fps without losses in field-of-view. This new 108P sensor is expected to make its debut on an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone. According to reliable leakster @IceUniverse, this would be the Mi MIX 4. ― SoyaCincau [...]
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Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio presents a creation from Spanish designer Miguel Marinero’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid July 10, 2019. — AFP pic
NEW YORK, Aug 8 — Brazilian top model Valentina Sampaio recently shared a shot via Instagram of herself behind the scenes at a photoshoot for Victoria’s Secret. According to her hashtags, the shoot was for the brand’s “Pink” line. While the information has not been confirmed by the lingerie brand, her agent disclosed the information during an interview with CNN. She’s the first transgender Victoria’s Secret model. Here’s a look at her career thus far.“Never stop dreaming.” It’s in these terms that Valentina Sampaio announced her new association with Victoria’s Secret. It’s big news for the brand, given the amount of criticism it has received for its lack of inclusivity, especially after controversial remarks about plus-sized and transgender women made by the company’s former marketing director. A few months after the outburst, Victoria’s Secret is welcoming its first transgender model, another of the many breakthroughs the model has made.At only 22 years old, Valentina Sampaio has already had quite a career working with numerous designers and brands. The Brazilian first appeared on runways during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, where she was quickly spotted and signed by L’Oréal Paris to become one of its prestigious brand ambassadors. This was her first major breakthrough, as she became the cosmetics giant’s first transgender model. View this post on Instagram @lorealmakeup X @balmain 12 couture matt shades. L'ORÉAL X BALMAIN 💄💕✨ #newcampaign #lorealparis #balmain #balmainxloreal #getready #unitedweareincredible #weareallworthit #power #amazing #makeup #beauty #powerfulA post shared by Valentina Sampaio (@valentts) onSep 1, 2017 at 8:56am PDT Valentina Sampaio again created buzz in March 2017 when she became the first transgender model to pose on the cover of Vogue Paris. This paved the way to covers of other fashion magazines like L’Officiel Brasil, Vogue Brasil, and, more recently, Elle Mexico. View this post on Instagram ❤So proud and Super happyyy❤ merciiiii❤😁😍😍😍😍😘😘✨ Ameiii super felizzz😍😁❤ #vsstorm ⚡🎉 @joymodel @ferherbert #Repost @vogueparis with @repostapp ・・・ Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Emmanuelle Alt, with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench and hair by Paul Hanlon. Out February 23rd. @emmanuellealt @valentts @mertalas @macpiggott @isamayaffrench @paulhanlonhair @YSL #emmanuellealt #ValentinaSampaio #MertandMarcus #isamayaffrench #PaulHanlon #SaintLaurentA post shared by Valentina Sampaio (@valentts) onFeb 13, 2017 at 6:24am PST There’s no doubt that the beauty, who’s already posing and walking the runway for major fashion houses, has a major career in front of her. Numerous positive reactions met the news of her Victoria’s Secret contract. Victoria’s Secret “Angels” Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, and Elsa Hosk have all issued public congratulations. Laverne Cox, a star of Orange is the New Black, simply commented, “Wow finally!” — AFP-Relaxnew [...]
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In a first-of-its-kind in the world, Malaysia has launched the Muslim Friendly Accommodation Recognition, which is backed by the government. The joint initiative between the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) will recognise syariah-compliant hotels in the country.
Tourism minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said this is a bid to further tap into the growing market of halal tourism in the country.
“The implementation of the recognition will provide opportunities to not only set the standards, but further tap into the Muslim and non-Muslim markets,” he said during the launch at Putrajaya recently.
Mohamaddin added that the concept of Muslim-friendly tourism has started to gain traction in a number of countries around the world.
“This concept focuses on the importance of fulfilling the needs and facilities for Muslim travellers by hoteliers,” he said. This includes hygiene and cleanliness, use of toiletries, halal food, safety and spiritual offerings.
Mohamaddin added that the initiative will also look at attracting more travellers from the Middle East, one of the tourist markets with high spending power.
The recognition, according to Mohamaddin, will also reduce the doubt of Muslim tourists when they visit the country.
To be recognised as a Muslim-friendly property, ITC has issued a set of voluntary guidelines to hoteliers. These include displaying information regarding mosques and Muslim-friendly destinations, in-room prayer facilities such as kiblat direction and the Quran, presence of a halal-certified restaurant with food prepared by Muslim chefs, and time slots at gyms and pools for female Muslim guests.
The guidelines also require for a syariah officer to be present at the premise to ensure syariah-compliant operations.
Hotels that apply for the accreditation will then be divided into three categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver – depending on the number of successful criteria implemented.
According to ITC director-general Datuk Abdul Khani Daud, there are currently 12 hotels that have received the Muslim Friendly Accommodation Recognition.
“It’s still on voluntary basis as of now and we hope that all the hotels in Kuala Lumpur will apply for the recognition by the end of the year,” he said, adding that there is no fee charged as of now.
As part of Visit Malaysia 2020, ITC has several plans in the pipeline to complement the Muslim Friendly Accommodation Recognition initiative.
These include developing sekolah pondok as an edu-tourism product and improving mosque tour experiences.
Last year, the country received 5.2 million Muslim tourist arrivals. Malaysia has held the top position for nine consecutive years in the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Traveller Index.
Global Muslim travellers will reach 160 million by 2020, and is expected to increase to 230 million by 2026. [...]
Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio presents a creation from Spanish designer Miguel Marinero’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid July 10, 2019. — AFP pic
LONDON, Aug 7 — Victoria’s Secret has hired Valentina Sampaio as its first transgender model, her agent said yesterday, as the struggling lingerie brand seeks to modernise its image.Daniel Robson at Premier Model Management in London, confirmed the Brazilian model had signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret, but declined to comment further.Sampaio posted a backstage Instagram photo of herself in a white dressing gown on a shoot this week, with the hashtags #diversity and #new #vspink #campaign, referring to Pink, the brand launched in 2002 aimed at younger women.Victoria’s Secret, famed for the jewel-encrusted bras and dazzling “angel” wings worn by supermodels at its annual fashion show, is battling falling sales as more women shift to cheaper bralettes and sports bras.The high-profile lingerie retailer is rethinking its annual fashion show, after criticism that it is sexist and out of touch as network television viewing figures have slumped.Victoria’s Secret and L Brands did not respond to requests for comment on Sampaio’s contract.The decision to use a transgender model follows a backlash against comments by marketing chief of parent company L Brands, Ed Razek, in Vogue last year, when he said he would not use trans or plus-size models “because the show is a fantasy”.Razek announced his retirement this week in an undated email to staff, seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“There are few with Ed’s passion and talent in this industry,” L Brands’ chief executive Les Wexner said in an accompanying note.“But I have faith in our incredible teams, talent and product, and I look forward to the future as we grow and change.”Sampaio, who has appeared on magazine covers including Vogue Paris, Vogue Brasil and Elle Mexico, is one of a growing number of high-profile trans models, amid pressure for the fashion industry to become more diverse and inclusive.Razek apologised on Twitter last year for his “insensitive” comment on trans models, saying, “We’ve had transgender models come to castings ... And like many others, they didn’t make it.”“I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are,” said a statement on Victoria’s Secret’s account. — Thomson Reuters Foundation [...]
There isn’t anyone in the fashion sphere who isn’t aware of Victoria’s Secret and their huge bevy of stunning Angels and lush fantastical runway shows. But in recent times, the brand and its annual Fashion Show have come under scrutiny for its chief marketing officer’s discriminatory comments about not casting plus-size and transgender models– a long-running issue that even cost them their star model, Karlie Kloss back in 2015.
Well, it seems like Victoria’s Secret has taken the backlash seriously because they’re making a step forward in diversity: by hiring their first ever openly transgender model.
Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio announced the news in an Instagram post, which was soon confirmed by her agent.
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Backstage click @vspink #bastidores #new #vspink #campaign #representatividade #diversity #beauty #selfie #model #life #fashion #usa #vstorm #valentinasampaio #bomdia
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At just 22 years of age, Valentina has already graced the covers of numerous international magazines such as Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair Italia, and Elle Mexivo while also appearing in campaigns by Moschino and L’Oréal. According to Business Insider, Valentina is also believed to have auditioned for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but was not hired.
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Until now, of course! While details of her contract with Victoria’s Secret haven’t been announced yet, you can bet we’ll be watching the news for updates. We’re hopeful that Valentina’s achievement opens the door for more diverse casting and representation in fashion.
See also: How To Create The Official Victoria’s Secret Model Look
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Huawei to launch devices powered by HongMeng OS this year. — AFP pic
SHENZHEN, Aug 6 — Chinese media outlet Global Times reported that Huawei will launch the first commercial devices powered by its in-house operating system this year.Since Huawei was put on the United States tech blacklist earlier this year, the Chinese company has been forced to look towards operating system alternatives to Google's Android OS.At the time of the blacklisting, the company already had their own operating system in development in case of such a situation. In fact, in May of this year, the operating system officially got a name: HongMeng OS.According to China-based media outlet Global Times, a smartphone powered by HongMeng OS could hit the market as early as Q4 of this year. This device will allegedly be “targeting low- and medium-end markets” and will be priced at about US$288.24 (RM1,198.99).The very first devices to be powered by the Huawei operating system, however, will purportedly be Honor smart TVs, set to launch on August 10.As part of the company's long-term plans for the OS, they intend to use HongMeng to power autonomous driving systems, remote medical services, and industrial control technology.The first smartphone with HongMeng OS is expected to make its appearance with the Huawei Mate30 series when it launches in Q4 of this year. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]